It remains to be seen whether or not Poison frontman and reality show star Bret Michaels has found twoo love with Penthouse Pet Taya Parker (his No. 1 pick on “Rock of Love Bus”), but one thing’s for sure: These days he’s sporting a face only a mother could love.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, Bret got clobbered good by a set piece during Sunday’s Tony Awards, and now he’s got pix to prove just how grievously he was injured.
He’s also accusing the Tony Awards people of having an extreme lack of concern for his welfare following the incident, wondering aloud if he would’ve received more attention if he had been, say, Liza Minnelli.
Yup, that’s right. Us Weekly reports that Bret Michaels’ rep, Janna Elias, is singing like a canary over the Tonys’ shoddy treatment of her rock star.
“I find it surprising that a Tony spokesperson would brush off this incident with a comment stating ‘Mr. Michaels missed his mark’ with no mention of concern for his condition,” the rep said. “If everyone at the Tonys were aware that Bret missed his mark then they should have been aware enough to stop the set piece from hitting him or at least slowed it down until he cleared the stage. I feel had this incident happened to Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton or Elton John the Tonys would have at least issued a letter of concern.”
She forgot Stockard Channing, whose performance immediately followed Bret’s.
Among the points she makes are these:
*Bret was never told that the set piece which clonked him in the noggin even existed, not even during rehearsal.
*The only people to attend to a bloodied and visibly injured Bret were members of his own road crew.
*No one working behind the scenes made any move to warn Bret or slow/stop the prop from striking him.
Us also quotes another Bret spokesperson, Bob Wallerstein, as saying, “We realize the show is live and must go on, however it is unfortunate that the show’s host made light of the situation without having any knowledge of the severity of Bret’s injuries. Comments that Mr. (Neil Patrick) Harris was doing shots backstage with Mr. Michaels and that Bret was completely fine were untrue considering Bret never saw Mr. Harris prior to, during or after the Tonys but in fact was being attended to by medical personnel backstage.”
Snap! He told you, Doogie Howser!
Meanwhile, the battered and broken Bret canceled a gig on Wednesday because he’s not feeling up to snuff. He’s awaiting the result of more tests on his back and spine, and his reps say further injuries could develop. I can’t argue with that, as I know all too well that those type of injuries don’t always show themselves right away.
You can read what Bret has to say about the incident right here.
And in other Bret news, he’s telling Elle magazine all about his sex life and how his dia-bee-tus affects it. Or doesn’t. Here’s a sampling:
ELLE: You’ve lived with diabetes since you were a kid. How does the disease affect your sex life?
BRET: The only time it will ever affect you in bed is if you have extremely low blood sugar and you go into insulin shock, at which point you won’t be standing up, let alone performing sex. However, I will sometimes hold off on the insulin, which will jack my blood sugar level up to the low 200 range. It’s like how a prizefighter will want to go into the ring with his blood sugar levels high. It gives you the stamina of a bull. So, yes, sometimes I will endanger my own life to pleasure a woman.
What a guy! Read all about it – if you dare – in the July issue of Elle.